Hillary Clinton is now among the 58 percent of Americans who support gay marriage. On Monday, the former Secretary of State announced her support, which most people see as the beginning of a possible indication that she plans on running in the 2016 Presidential race.
The announcement was made in an online video and released by gay rights advocacy group Human Rights Campaign. In the six-minute video, Clinton says that gays and lesbians are “full and equal citizens and deserve the rights of citizenship.”
“That includes marriage,” she says, adding that she backs gay marriage both “personally and as a matter of policy and law.”
Although 58 percent of Americans feel gay marriage should be legal, 36 percent say it should be illegal. But in comparison to the 55 percent who opposed gay marriage in 2003, that’s a huge turn around.
“Like so many others, my personal views have been shaped over time by people I have known and loved, by my experience representing our nation on the world stage, my devotion to law and human rights and the guiding principles of my faith,” Clinton says. “Marriage, after all, is a fundamental building block of our society. A great joy, and yes, a great responsibility.”
“A few years ago, Bill and I celebrated as our own daughter married the love of her life,” Clinton continued. “I wish every parent that same joy. To deny the opportunity to our own daughters and sons solely on the basis of who they are and who they love is to deny them the chance to live up to their own God-given potential.”
Hillary did avoid making any comments about previous policies like Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, which was part of former President Bill Clinton’s presidency.